More Turkish reforms passed after key article dropped

Turkish PM said that he would not withdraw reform package after key article on closure of political parties dropped, a total of 13 articles passed so far.

More Turkish reforms passed after key article dropped

Turkish PM said that he would not withdraw reform package after key article on closure of political parties dropped, a total of 13 articles passed so far.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan evaluated the situation after this surprising development.

Erdogan said they will not withdraw the package, adding that they do not support the closure of political parties.

"Key article"

The 8th article of --the government backed-- constitutional amendment package, tieing dissolution of political parties to the permission of a parliamentary committee, was rejected in the parliament in the second round voting.

The 8th article failed to recieve enough votes to pass the threshold of 330 votes and was rejected on Monday.

327 deputies voted for the article while 76 voted against it. Two deputies abstained while two votes were cancelled.

The Article 8 of the government bill was one of the much-debated articles of the constituional amendment package, like two other issues aiming to change the constitution of the Supreme Board of Judges (HSYK) and Prosecutors and the Constitutional Court.

Article 8 was strongly criticised by opposition parties which are sceptical of the government bill, and have severely criticized the attempt, arguing that the move aimed at taking over and politicising the judiciary.

The rejection of Article 8 made voting on other controversial amendments -- like articles on HSYK and Constitutional Court-- of the package critical.

Following an interval, talks continued with the voting of other articles.

The parliament also adopted a constitutional amendment on the right to collective bargaining for civil servants, on the decisions of the Supreme Military Council (YAS),

"Referendum process"

The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party holds 336 seats in the parliament. However the parliament speakers are not allowed to vote in the parliament which reduces potential votes in favour of the bill to 335.

Both the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and second opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) declared they would not support the bill.

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which criticised the amendment boycotted the voting in the first round.

The articles and entirety of the bill needs to receive over 367 of the votes in order to be adopted. If it receives somewhere between 330 and 367 it will be put to referendum. If any of the articles receive less then 330 it will be automatically rejected. If during the voting of the package as a whole it receives less then 330 it will be rejected.

The second round of the voting which began on May 2, Sunday will last until May 9.

A total of 30 secret votes will be held in the second round.

The amendment package will abolish the provisional article 15 of the constitution which does not allow trial of the members of the National Security Council formed after a coup in 1980.

The bill will also abolish the ban on right to general strike; paves the way for a citizen to become a member of more than one union, and the civil servants and other public officials the right to collective bargaining.

It also paves the way for trial of parliament speaker, chief of general staff, and senior commanders by the High Tribunal on charges of crimes they commit regarding their positions.

If the bill is to be put to referendum, it is expected to be voted as a whole.


Agencies

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